Emergency room sign it wasinitially expected that Medicaid expansions would actually reducethe number of emergency room visits, since more people would haveaccess to health care before situations devolved into emergencies.(Photo: Shutterstock)

It's not that patients in the states that have expanded Medicaid suffer more emergencies; it'sthat if they're covered under Medicaid, they don't have to worryabout debt collection.

As reported by Modern Healthcare, multiple studieshave found that there's been a significant increase in the numberof patients hitting the emergency room for nonemergency conditionsin states that have expanded Medicaid.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.